I’ve always packed up my life and moved around constantly. My parents had two homes when I was young so we went from one city to the other every weekend. I became a quick and thorough packer as a result of my constantly on-the-move life. Here are ten tips to help you remember everthing you’ll need for a weekend trip:


Ten Tips to Pack for a Weekend Trip in Ten Minutes

1.      When you’re packing your clothes always remember the easily forgotten essentials, like underwear, pajamas, and socks.

2.     Always bring more jackets than you will need, and if you can’t fit them in your bag, wear them in layers until you get to your destination. Who doesn’t like to be cozy?

3.     Use the acronym PMILK:

Phone, Money (cash, credit, and debit), your ID, Lipgloss (but trust me you’ll want a chapstick), and Keys.

4.     Chargers! For your laptop, for your phone, for your Ipod: forgetting your device chargers is both frustrating and inconvenient  when you’re traveling. If you’re traveliing internationally, make sure you have an adapter that suits the power outlets in that country.

5.    You are bound to forget something from your morning routine. Go through the steps you take to get ready every morning in your head to make sure you have everything from toothpaste, to deodorant, to bobby pins.

6.      Have at least one heavy duty cream with you, there is nothing worse than itchy, tight skin especially when you can’t move much for long periods of time. If you’re taking a plane, which is extremely dehydrating, double up on this rule and apply the cream before boarding.

7.     If you have glasses, bring a second pair or contacts in case your go-to pair breaks by accident. You have to be able to see the attractions!

8.     The nail file is the perfect medium between nail scissors and nail clippers. The scissors will often be confiscated in airports and pose a poking hazard to you or surrounding items in your bag, while clippers will do the job but leave you with misshapen nail tips. Files will smooth out nail tips and shorten nails without getting confiscated or poking holes in your favorite T-shirt.

9.     Bring three bags: One for hauling all your luggage (a suitcase, carry-on, duffel bag, etc.), a second one for active day trips that you won’t mind getting too roughed up (a backpack, zippered tote or drawstring backpack), and a small purse or clutch for holding just the essentials while walking around town.

10.     Simple medications can make trips much more enjoyable. Have a pain killer, anti-nausea pills, band-aids, polysporin, and kleenex on hand at all times. These basic items can help with everything from headaches to colds, spills, and blisters on your heels.


I hope these tips were unique and refreshing for you and help you to pack for your next weekend vacation, in your region, in the country, or internationally!


My three go-to bags: a duffel bag, drawstring backpack, and small zippered clutch.

My three go-to bags: a duffel bag, drawstring backpack, and small zippered clutch.